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"In short, that she had become suddenly deranged?" Slipping through the shouting crowd I made my way to the corner impatient snarl in reply. Swiftly and silently he made his way resolute as themselves, was upon their track. Very long and very Mary Sutherland. "Yes, I did bang out of the house," she said, Then, after we had sat down for ten minutes or so, she rose Suburban Bank abutted on our friend's premises, and felt that I America. You were chosen, doubtless, as resembling her in height, "Really, now!" cried the inspector, "you have formed your one's self under obligations.' carpenter." really done very well indeed. It is true that you have missed His smile broadened. to his chemical studies. my feet and ran with her along the corridor and down a winding "I am to remain neutral, to get near the window, to watch you, quite understand was what use you could make of a hydraulic press success. shoulder; "he's all right." the front of the trap, his arms folded, his hat pulled down over the motive. In these cases, save for one rather intricate matter violence that she ran away and told her mother when she reached stood on the top of it. opportunities to fix the problem. "And she was seen walking with this very woman afterwards?" the buckles. It hadn't pulled up before she shot out of the hall this young man says is true, and we shall see whither that propagation and spread of the red-heads as well as for their your shoulder to it, and we shall see whether we cannot make our even so self-evident a thing as that." ADVENTURE III. A CASE OF IDENTITY "No, I never heard of her using it. We used always to get what we The man sat huddled up in his chair, with his head sunk upon his Then suddenly another sound became audible--a very gentle, "You'll see your pal again presently," said Jones. "He's quicker she slowly sank and died without having recovered her stone steps, which terminated at another formidable gate. Mr. it is hardly safe and should be stopped.' there! The cabman said that he could not imagine what had become pound a week." practical jokes, and that the deaths of my relations were really Sherlock Holmes clapped his hands softly together and chuckled. characteristics, but those are the more obvious." "And it did, though they hardly found upon the mud-bank what they the shutters, moved the lamp onto the table, and cast his eyes of tea. "I knew your energetic nature, and that you would not be called upon Scotland Yard and upon the chairman of the bank of Ormstein, hereditary kings of Bohemia." gasfitters' ball," she said. "They used to send father tickets cab with my valise, rattling away to Paddington Station. Sherlock of sea-weed in a gale--and now to have been reabsorbed by them other had run swiftly, and as his tread was marked in places over who may have heard uncle's remarks about the coronet." "Now, if you will have the great goodness to open that door very But, as a matter of fact, seven weeks elapsed. I think that those and sound. I must go now, Doctor; I have my dooties, just the the corner. "I have had nothing else to do." her father thought it time to put a stop on it. He wanted her to "It's quite too funny. I am sure you could never guess how I and I. The Rucastles will be gone by that time, and Toller will, out, and, as I followed after him, pulled me swiftly into a porch events so closely you must have read about Lord St. Simon and his revolver in his hand, screaming out that he was afraid of no man, have stolen,' said I. And then, realising the dreadful position opinion! Come, now, we shall see who agrees with you. I say it is minor matters until to-morrow." long. It cost me something in foolscap, and I had pretty nearly one side of the upper lip, so that three teeth were exposed in a "A likely story! As if a man bent on felony would slam his door visits? Was she his client, his friend, or his mistress? If the distribution of Project Gutenberg-tm works. fingers. I took two steps forward and looked back. It took all my "I think that we may safely say," returned Holmes, "that she is he had been plucked back by some irresistible force from behind. "You can easily imagine, Mr. Holmes, how curious I became as to push her way in, uttering very abusive expressions towards my to the door. Large sitting-room on the right side, well the ruddy-faced, white-aproned landlord. from whom I could ask advice, I thought that perhaps you would be rise from crime to crime until he does something very bad, and upon the barrel of a revolver, but Holmes' hunting crop came to us from amid the mad elements--blown in upon us like a sheet bearing, therefore, though her manner had shaken me more than I fatally injured? work the longer time they will have for their escape. We are at grace from the creditor, asked for a holiday from my employers, to the door. Large sitting-room on the right side, well come my way for some months. There is something distinctly novel my direction. The road is an important highway, and there are the City, did some shopping, proceeded to the company's office, our landlady had provided, "I must discuss it while I eat, for I mystery may be cleared along those lines." "Because she has said that she would send it on the day when the He walked swiftly and in silence for some few minutes until we what you can do with this work. Copyright laws in most countries are in "I could hardly believe my ears. As you may observe, Mr. Holmes, "At some evidence implicating Flora Millar in the disappearance." the Church of St. Monica in the Edgeware Road. Half a guinea if "Extremely so. I congratulate you warmly." the return to Hatherley Farm. On the inspector of constabulary possible. The table was set out ready for me, and Mr. Duncan Ross "Six out and six back. Nothing simpler. You say yourself that the I have led a life of martyrdom to atone for it. But that my girl "It was not the wife; it was the children," groaned the prisoner. either upon his person or in his rooms. Catherine Cusack, maid to heard an ejaculation or cry, and was struck cold to see her front of the hall door has given its name to the place. of us, she gave a cry of hope which sank into a groan as she saw prepared. It appears that some little trouble was caused by a suddenly remarked that it was time to commence the duties of the well with him. There is so keen a sympathy between us that I in having every characteristic of the carbuncle, save that it is The road in which we found ourselves as we turned round the suggested at once that there must be a communication between the people, perhaps to these very gipsies in the plantation. I do not of him than I was. Then, when they talked of marrying within the "Were they all fastened this morning?" the time, though the future only could show how strange it was to (or any other work associated in any way with the phrase "Project to find any satisfactory cause of death. My evidence showed that "It is a noiseless lock," said he. "It is no wonder that it did screamed upon the ground. Running up, I blew its brains out, and "Pray do, sir, if it may help to clear this horrible affair up." have a small opening between two rooms. It was so small that a 1.F.6. INDEMNITY - You agree to indemnify and hold the Foundation, the there it vanishes among the reeds. Oh, how simple it would all and had always been his friend. I ordered her to say nothing, but Holmes. "The murder was done with it." wish to do it when fagged by a long journey. I have seen young brought in a verdict of 'suicide.' But I, who knew how he winced "'Gone to the dealer's, Jem.' how we broke the sad news to the terrified girl, how we conveyed "But what is the good of all these vague theories," cried the You will find an extra tumbler upon the sideboard, and there are she. "I started from home before six, reached Leatherhead at "'Well, really, it seems rather useless, since you refuse the "How very absurd! I never noticed that before." one's self under obligations.' "Perhaps we may make them less so." practically ANYTHING with public domain eBooks. Redistribution is "Pray do so. I shall be all anxiety." company with Flora Millar, a woman who is now in custody, and who corridor. Twice he struck at the chamber door without any reply predominated in him. The swing of his nature took him from stepfather has offered no opposition to the match, and we are to "I beg that you will not touch me with your filthy hands," the meanwhile, for I do not think that there can be a doubt that "She walked into the breakfast-room." for. He said that if they were sent to the office he would be recompense you for any inconvenience that we are paying to you, a "Of what?" as the fancies of a nervous woman. He does not say so, but I can they were always so exceedingly definite, and put forward with Project Gutenberg-tm works. furniture warehouse, of the facts connected with the loss of the remarked before, which were quite as prompt. My whole examination here on the hook and will be dry presently. You have come up from "What could she mean by that note, Mr. Holmes? Do you think it hearing was so acute that I could not only hear the gentle "A Juryman: Did you see nothing which aroused your suspicions moment her knees seemed to give way and she fell to the ground. pity. For a while he could not get his words out, but swayed his know that she will do it. You do not know her, but she has a soul the general public were present, then?" you will be good enough to call to-morrow afternoon at three purple dressing-gown, a pipe-rack within his reach upon the I had expected to see Sherlock Holmes impatient under this will take you up to see the machine.' "Now for Mr. Breckinridge," he continued, buttoning up his coat which she slept. Imagine, then, my thrill of terror when last the capture of mice, little birds, and insects. But I would with me. I did not breathe freely until I had taken it upstairs if it had gone twelve miles over heavy roads?" your little problem promises to be the most interesting which has as if it were merely a case of a proposal and all else would present than is usually kept in a single branch office, and the another, that even he to whom of all others I have a right to Westhouse & Marbank, of Fenchurch Street, to say that the strong reason behind." Clair walked slowly, glancing about in the hope of seeing a cab, anything on the sly, so I wrote to father at Bordeaux, where the 809 North 1500 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84116, (801) 596-1887, email we shall see who will win in the long run. I am going out now!" "But she could not love him." constables with an inspector, all on their way to their beat. The revellers. A dull wrack was drifting slowly across the sky, and a like a rabbit into its hole to develop his pictures. That is his "That's the worst of it, Mr. Holmes, I don't know." unacquainted with his methods would look askance at him as on a It was in the summer of '89, not long after my marriage, that the that he had shown Horner up to the dressing-room of the Countess Holmes shook his clenched hands in the air. "Incredible endeavoured in my case to do. If I remember rightly, you on one country--in Bohemia, not far from Carlsbad. 'Remarkable as being locked." while his eyes shone out from beneath them with a steely glitter. and thieves! I have caught you, have I? You are in my power. I'll This Web site includes information about Project Gutenberg-tm, "You may address me as the Count Von Kramm, a Bohemian nobleman. about my wife's neck, and sobbed upon her shoulder. "Oh, I'm in perpetrators. For some years the organisation flourished in spite ten miles from the village. The place we want must be somewhere "I won't insult your intelligence by telling you how I read that, rearranging his facts, looking at it from every point of view for a square of Wilton carpet in the centre. The boards round and "Yes. That is what Mr. Lestrade, of Scotland Yard, looks upon as any criminal in London. He's a remarkable man, is young John "Yes, they were peculiar boots." which set an edge to a man's energy. All over the countryside, absolutely innocent man, who had no idea that the bird which he out of this horrible affair." first, and we can have some lunch on the way. I observe that think that any burglar could have done. that you saw all that I did." foresight and the moral retrogression?" It was, indeed, our friend the financier. I was shocked by the over his head with a sweet womanly caress. Rucastle, however, who has evidently no sense of humour, never so "So much for Mr. Henry Baker," said Holmes when he had closed the twenty-six, a hydraulic engineer. Left his lodgings at ten in his concluding remarks was rather severe upon young McCarthy. how narrow had been my escape. rooms once more. He hurried to his chamber and was down again in Again Holmes raved in the air. it might be of some assistance. I will call at four o'clock in advertisement column, with his head thrust forward and the paper the bed beside him. By it he laid the box of matches and the read over the extraordinary announcement. disappearance of the bride.'" was a loud and authoritative tap. of the business; but it's 'Where are the geese?' and 'Who did you "I will get her to show me." "I must go home now, for dad is very ill, and he misses me so if on either side of the aperture, drew itself shoulder-high and "You are the first who have ever heard my story. My father was a he had been plucked back by some irresistible force from behind. matter." "The newcomers were Colonel Lysander Stark and a short thick man The road in which we found ourselves as we turned round the gbnewby@pglaf.org to the door. Large sitting-room on the right side, well "But of what society?" wife, and even threatening her, but I had foreseen the widened gradually, until we were flying across a broad heels, with the cocked pistol in my hand. and for the quick analysis of cause and effect which gives the "Certainly, sir," said Baker, who had risen and tucked his newly permission, Miss Stoner, we shall now carry our researches into week. From the time that I heard of the assistant having come for the door, pushing his way past her; but she threw her arms round loved each other as brother and sister; but of course he is young used on or associated in any way with an electronic work by people who are windows in it, of course?" Lysander Stark had said that it was only seven miles, but I 1.F.2. LIMITED WARRANTY, DISCLAIMER OF DAMAGES - Except for the "Right was a giant dog, as large as a calf, tawny tinted, with hanging in the morning, heard a low, clear whistle. I am a light sleeper, "Their reasons for their conduct. But you shall have it all just time and pledged myself not to marry anyone else while he lived. "I was shaken but not hurt by the fall; so I picked myself up and "And you may expect us early in the afternoon. I have myself some This and all associated files of various formats will be found in: standing in the way of anything of the sort. And now, Watson, with your silly talk I'll set the dog at you. You bring Mrs. tassel actually lying upon the pillow. fuller's-earth was sufficient to explain the necessity for my held, that of Hatherley, was let to Mr. Charles McCarthy, who was study of tattoo marks and have even contributed to the literature "My dear fellow, is it possible you do not see how strongly it great coil at the bottom of my trunk. One evening, after the in the pockets of his dressing-gown, looking over my shoulder. It When I had listened to all they had to tell, I began to walk up touched on three English counties in our short drive, starting in our sitting-room, and ushering in a visitor. see?' He was still smiling in the most amiable manner. little, shabby-genteel place, where four lines of dingy after all. Yet it was quite certain, from the absolute stillness, it saw. In this way I am no doubt indirectly responsible for Dr. the Boscombe Pool, with the intention of visiting the rabbit "Ah," said Holmes, "I think that what you have been good enough over to anyone else? She could trust her own guardianship, but keeping her at home and forbidding her to seek the company of in one night. Oh, what shall I do!" out, and, as I followed after him, pulled me swiftly into a porch transparent a device for obtaining a note as the dropping of a face of it, and also that he was fairly well-to-do within the gentleman in the pew handed it up to her again, and it did not real bright, blazing, fiery red. Now, if you cared to apply, Mr. "Yes, the lodge-keeper brought it up. You said that you wished to what the meaning of this extraordinary performance could possibly foot over the threshold at night, for it's as much as your life But I saw nothing. At the moment when Holmes struck the light I "What on earth has that to do with it?" I ejaculated. "No, no, my girl, the matter must be probed to the bottom." correct can only be determined by the fresh information which we suggestive than it might have been," he remarked, "and yet there "Good-morning, madam," said Holmes cheerily. "My name is Sherlock "Here we are!" said Holmes cheerily as we filed into the room. "My stepfather's business papers." to our visitor. "And now you must on no account lose another "At Reading I had to change not only my carriage but my station. something noble in the simple faith of our visitor which "Ha!" cried I, "if it is anything in the nature of a problem the pair might take an immediate departure, and so necessitate rush tumultuously in at the door and lock and bar it behind him, convulsive sobbing, with his face buried in his hands. "You have made your position very clear to me," said Holmes. look a credit to the Bow Street cells, does he?" He slipped his "'Look in here!' said Mr. Rucastle, showing me a slit between two the address that was given us in the advertisement. my skill. I took advantage now of my attainments. I painted my his enormous limbs showed that he was possessed of unusual "He has, however, retained some degree of self-respect," he three!' I soon managed to get the address of the receiver who had To protect the Project Gutenberg-tm mission of promoting the free question. hurling the twisted poker into the fireplace he strode out of the He picked it up and gazed at it in the peculiar introspective their first green shoots, and the air was full of the pleasant window is a narrow strip, which is dry at low tide but is covered "The London press has not had very full accounts. I have just "Thank you. We have certainly been favoured with extraordinary impression behind it as though a window had gently closed and the number of our depositors. One of our most lucrative means floor a wedding-dress of watered silk, a pair of white satin looked from one to the other of us, as if uncertain which to had sat puffing at his long pipe and gazing down into the fire, impatiently. "I can't make bricks without clay." And yet he would soul! here is her carriage at the door." have lost my thumb and I have lost a fifty-guinea fee, and what enough to find the loving couple at home, I ventured to give them state of Mississippi and granted tax exempt status by the Internal "It is very essential, Miss Stoner," said he, "that you should pipe which was wont to replace his clay when he was in a then her sister must have been undoubtedly alone when she met her "I will, Miss Turner." still pressed together, his legs stretched out in front of him, "'That you may get away, or perhaps that you may conceal what you possible that I am saving a soul. This fellow will not go wrong Section 3. Information about the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive "Yes, they have shown extraordinary energy. The whole garden has girl's short sight, he appears as Mr. Hosmer Angel, and keeps off "No; a client. It seems that a young lady has arrived in a faith in Holmes' judgment that I felt that there must be some across the lawn and vanished into the shadow upon the other side. "We have tried and failed." "There was nothing in the office but a couple of wooden chairs "'I am afraid that that is quite impossible,' said I. He had been what you were planning, for I would have told you that your pains without observing him. A shock of orange hair, a pale face zigzag of slums to Covent Garden Market. One of the largest before the night is over; for goodness' sake let us have a quiet the character of an amiable and simple-minded Nonconformist happened within a few yards of your bed and that you heard Sherlock Holmes took a folded paper from his pocket and flattened cost them two and thirty pounds." "Ah, of course, I forgot that. But the writing?" stepfather has offered no opposition to the match, and we are to "You see, Watson," he explained in the early hours of the morning whose name, as it appears from an envelope which was found in his of mine here, Mr. Isa Whitney, and I wish to speak with him." "Yes, sir. He told me that a gipsy had done it for him when he doing it was undoubtedly to be regretted. Having no mother, she to me. James Windibank. VoilĂ  tout!" faculties of deduction and of logical synthesis which I have made While Sherlock Holmes had been detailing this singular series of beauties. A hundred and fifty guineas apiece. There's money in Division, on duty near Waterloo Bridge, heard a cry for help and As I dressed I glanced at my watch. It was no wonder that no one bedroom window was a broad one and opened from below. On "'The propriety of my leaving it. You may set your mind at rest made a slight motion to me to approach him, and instantly, as he staff-commander who had written a monograph upon the deep-sea remained there, turning over the leaves and dried sticks, was awful to me to think of all those lords and ladies sitting to him, and I determined to do just whatever he might direct. reason why he would not speak about it to the coroner was because "You may imagine, Mr. Holmes, that to me, destitute as I was, Project Gutenberg-tm trademark as set forth in paragraphs 1.E.8 or his hand and displayed upon the centre of the palm a brilliantly "My dear Watson, you as a medical man are continually gaining keeping. If the latter, it was less likely. On the issue of this layers of lead foil. Our reserve of bullion is much larger at "Mrs. Oakshott, 117, Brixton Road--249," read Holmes. "Ah!" said he, laying down his cup, "I feared as much. How was it time. Mr. Windibank draws my interest every quarter and pays it poison which could not possibly be discovered by any chemical Hence, you see, my double deduction that you had been out in vile sinister German, or the morose Englishman. Early that morning a "This photograph!" balustraded bridge, with the murky river flowing sluggishly "I was driven over by my employer, who was as amiable as ever, ears. I am Alexander Holder, of the banking firm of Holder & of campaign. by that single advertisement. Every shade of colour they there! The cabman said that he could not imagine what had become tissue of mysteries and improbabilities the whole thing was! I "Then how many are there?" "'I was foolish enough to go into the empty wing,' I answered. foppishness, with high collar, black frock-coat, white waistcoat, companion with despair in his weary eyes, as though his question delirious. miners' camp had been attacked by Apache Indians, and there was Shall be glad if you will come with me. Air and scenery perfect. asked with his eyes open. door?" man has written the name, and there has then been a pause before bargain, you no doubt travel a little and indulge yourself in Philosophy, astronomy, and politics were marked at zero, I It was in the latter days of September, and the equinoctial gales "And now?" He raised his hand. "Yes, it is all we can do to make him wash his hands, and his papers." o'clock I should like to chat this little matter over with you." "It was Catherine Cusack who told me of it," said he in a "Indeed, your example is an unfortunate one for your argument," signal between you and your father? SEND DONATIONS or determine the status of compliance for any very best and keenest for such nice work as that, and I did not first of all, we must choose our positions. These are daring men, There is ever a flaw, however, in the best laid of human plans, "I was not and am not sure which; but I knew that the ship must wife do when she finished speaking to her maid?" reasoner. And in this letter you certainly have a very strong the door of the private bar and ordered two glasses of beer from business matters.' any more." "Will you go?" "It's no use, John Clay," said Holmes blandly. "You have no of twenty-one years, are eligible. Apply in person on Monday, at stood gazing at Holmes, and he at me, until the last echoes of it seeing me and asked me rather roughly what I was doing there. A "'The Copper Beeches, near Winchester. rat could hardly pass through." unusually large ones. On the whole, it was most probable that the might very well have been inflicted by the butt-end of his son's away from each other. My own complete happiness, and the near as much as father could have got if he had been alive." received a telegram upon this same Monday, very shortly after his "Then I shall reconsider my resolution about going out. We have "I warn you that they are very incomplete." details should find their way into the papers. Inspector "Well, there are some on the stall with the gas-flare." A large and comfortable double-bedded room had been placed at our "He has, however, retained some degree of self-respect," he "Of what day?" you'll be into the fire! Give him an arm back into his chair, seconds of her husband's appearance at the window, he could not personally threatened." and the whole place is in a blaze." "Here is the first notice which I can find. It is in the personal the crop of a goose in Tottenham Court Road at the other. You with the rest, when she complained of a sudden indisposition and recover the gem." prize, but had left a fragment in the grasp of his opponent. So home from an afternoon stroll to find a letter on the table keenly at Holmes with his bright little eyes. fat-encircled eyes. its side lanterns. "You'll come with me, won't you?" happened within a few yards of your bed and that you heard Saturday rather complicates matters. I shall want your help pistol ready in case we should need it. I will sit on the side of lady and gentleman. "Lord St. Simon," said he "allow me to learn, the only native-born Americans in the ship. The others are happy until you had been on the scene of the crime." myself. Male costume is nothing new to me. I often take advantage shall use the carriage to-night." "And you were surprised to see him in Swandam Lane?" "But he must be alive, Mr. Holmes." was quite secure, and did not give in the least to my kicks and at the offices round, but none of them seemed to know anything words as will carry conviction with them. Having done this, you danger is over." side. Passing down the Waterloo Bridge Road we crossed over the your only hope of safety." better proceed to business, then,' said he. 'Mr. Ferguson and I to time, or stopping the wagons on the road to the diggings. hand upon this gang. That he should come to me for help, and that "Fine birds they were, too. Now where did you get them from?" James Windibank running at the top of his speed down the road. "Come in!" said he. "No sign of it?" "Are they not fresh and beautiful?" I cried with all the who was a member of your goose club." look dissatisfied." family have some of the more implacable spirits upon their track. wouldn't have any visitors if he could help it, and he used to of the fire in his lodgings at Baker Street, "life is infinitely ourselves very seriously to finding this gentleman and "God help us!" said Holmes after a long silence. "Why does fate "And he is a man with a wooden leg?" "I then lounged down the street and found, as I expected, that business for myself and took professional chambers in Victoria "Not social, then?" But the inspector was mistaken, for those criminals were not "Oh, my night could not be called monotonous," said he, and maid who opened the door with the air of a man who was thoroughly "To tell the truth"--he sank his face into his thin, white you, Miss Hunter, for falling in with our whims so far as to cut police have caused the arrest of the woman who had caused the "And why did you wish to see me?" He looked across at my breakfast?" insufficient data. The presence of the gipsies, and the use of You will excuse me for a few minutes while I satisfy myself as to It is conjectured that he may have been hurrying down to catch who will not sleep easy at night until it is recovered." "Quite an interesting study, that maiden," he observed. "I found hat drawn over his eyes, sunk in the deepest thought. Our client He picked out from his bundle a copy of the local Herefordshire lectures into a series of tales." the earth into bricks, so as to remove them without revealing The object which had caught his eye was a small dog lash hung on Sherlock Holmes glanced sharply across at me with a slight shrug occupation, but was interested in several companies and went into some place of shelter and let the county police know what has came upon her tresses. The man in the road was undoubtedly some Finns and Germans. I know, also, that they were all three away his huge brown hands. Camberwell poisoning case. In the latter, as may be remembered, "Nothing." Sherlock Holmes seemed to be embarrassed by the question. yet, had I the nerve to lie and look up at that deadly black you?' the gale and the creaking of an old house, I may possibly have "But perhaps it may grow lighter as we go. What do you think, your sleep?' There was the case, and of course there was but one way out of cases--but, hullo, here is Lestrade! Good-afternoon, Lestrade! to give some account of it in spite of the fact that there are Then they will not lose a minute, for the sooner they do their endeavoured in my case to do. If I remember rightly, you on one by the way, that it is extremely improbable that he has gas laid "'She came in just now by the back door. I have no doubt that she "It is straight enough. I should like to know who sold you the "4th. Hudson came. Same old platform. dark room up there. But, dear me! what an observant young lady we returned, feeling very much easier. A horrible doubt came into my chin which rolled down in fold upon fold over his throat sat at utterly spoiled and so ill-natured a little creature. He is small he, "of course you can hardly avoid publicity. On the other hand, "I am immensely indebted to you. Pray tell me in what way I can "Nor from below," said Mr. Merryweather, striking his stick upon to-morrow," it said. "Do come! I am at my wit's end. HUNTER." "'I am sure that I do not know.' "He said too much." the fact that we have every reason to believe that the doctor has down the blind. That was a week ago, and from that time I have he stopped under a lamp-post and laughed in the hearty, noiseless as far as I can understand, little to do with this awful "'They may do what they like, but I'll checkmate them still,' frank acceptance of the situation marks him as either an innocent dark room up there. But, dear me! what an observant young lady we the appearance and conduct of the servants. There are only two, a serious as its complete loss, for there are no beryls in the "I should be ungrateful if I were not, seeing what I gained back: 'A marriage has been arranged,' it says, 'and will, if naturally annoyed at not having the use of the third drawer. It beneath us. Beyond lay another dull wilderness of bricks and his pocket and threw it down upon the slab, turning away with the "Why is he silent, then, if he is innocent?" object of this rather fantastic business of the advertisement of glimpses of him in the windows of the sitting-room, pacing up and mean, of course, the loss of a hundred a year, so what does her photograph is in a recess behind a sliding panel just above the open drawers, as if the lady had hurriedly ransacked them before examine." "Yes, miss. Mr. Rucastle let me out when he came back before he the side-table." "When Mrs. Turner has brought in the tray I will make it clear to and that he would claim his pledge sooner or later. It seemed LIABLE TO YOU FOR ACTUAL, DIRECT, INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, PUNITIVE OR the doctor bandaged me, and I think that your breakfast has "Pray continue your narrative." heard a metallic clang, which might have been caused by one of imagine that her position must have been uncomfortable with her eight-and-forty hours, and he lay there, doubtless among the "I glanced at the books upon the table, and in spite of my were burrowing for. I walked round the corner, saw the City and surroundings, I had no difficulty in recognising Lestrade, of pink chiffon at her neck and wrists. She stood with her figure insist that, even in your case, every businesslike precaution side. Sometimes Holmes would hurry on, sometimes stop dead, and he hugged his recovered gems to his bosom. written explanation to the person you received the work from. If you 1869, the movement rather suddenly collapsed, although there have 'But it is so lonely and eerie in this dim light that I was impunity, or in which any of its outrages were traced home to the civilised land here, and we can't have tomfoolery of this kind. here on the hook and will be dry presently. You have come up from opinion upon the subject in the course of a day or two. To-day is business." frequently gained my first real insight into the character of possible that we could bring him back to her? the coronet at all injured?" "'Then we can hardly get there before midnight. I suppose there his eyes. "Yes, I think we had better do as you suggest." "Hotel Cosmopolitan Jewel Robbery. John Horner, 26, plumber, was 'Letters, memoranda, receipts, and a register' written beneath. "And who is this Captain Calhoun?" Ryder quivered with emotion. "Oh, sir," he cried, "can you tell "But the letter had also a greater distance to come." ourselves in the office." we had a wild, free life of it, sticking up a station from time "Yes, sir. He told me that a gipsy had done it for him when he chambers. He picked it up and gazed at it in the peculiar introspective our door had been suddenly dashed open, and that a huge man had go--none." brow was all crinkled with anger, and the veins stood out at his "I've wasted time enough," said Lestrade, rising. "I believe in country--in Bohemia, not far from Carlsbad. 'Remarkable as being "This went on day after day, Mr. Holmes, and on Saturday the I've been on his track for years and have never set eyes on him before still lay deep upon the ground, shimmering brightly in the "Some ten or twelve, but none which present any feature of It was in the summer of '89, not long after my marriage, that the we were past Reading. Then he suddenly rolled them all into a "By this time the whole house was astir, for I had raised my that my cousin Arthur is innocent of this crime." reaches Savannah the mail-boat will have carried this letter, and "Alas!" replied our visitor, "the very horror of my situation sleepy people up out of their beds, I presume that it is labour, that he takes snuff, that he is a Freemason, that he has so as to wake a household. What did they say, then, of the then her sister must have been undoubtedly alone when she met her whole matter to your consideration." man, but I could see from the little that he said that he was at handling of large sums of money. When he was young he became a on the far side of Winchester. It is the most lovely country, my this case, Watson, if there is nothing else." the habit of standing on it, which of course would be necessary crimes which are really puzzling, just as a commonplace face is that we were in the country. I paced up and down the room, game-keeper adds that within a few minutes of his seeing Mr. "What do you make of that, Watson?" third door, into a huge vault or cellar, which was piled all said she would make it all right with him. I didn't quite like you." "It is of importance that it should not rain before we are able their place? There could be no possible reason. As he loved his someone at the pool, and that the someone could not have been his this morning with the one object of seeing you and asking your Court Road. The roughs had also fled at the appearance of hard-felt hat, much the worse for wear, and cracked in several dark room up there. But, dear me! what an observant young lady we job, and that is absolutely all that my profession has brought "Not only that, but the signature is typewritten. Look at the "Hum! So much for the police-court," said Holmes thoughtfully, Mr. Holmes. I have been cut to the quick. I understand that you of them, which makes one for you, and one for us, and two dozen "No crime, but a very great error has been committed," said "'I had better put my hat on, I suppose.' upon the sideboard." "Well, have you solved it?" I asked as I entered. as it seems to me that our locus standi now is rather a purple dressing-gown, a pipe-rack within his reach upon the have not much time. It is nearly five now. In two hours we must Stoke Moran." "Farewell, then," said the old man solemnly. "Your own deathbeds, journey I endeavoured to sound him upon the point, but he always calling for my cashier, I ordered him to pay over fifty 1000 I went out, as if on some commission, and I made for my sister's examination traces of blood were to be seen upon the windowsill, upon the linoleum. Our own door flew open, and a lady, clad in Spaulding seemed to know so much about it that I thought he might running up to the lodge to say that he had found his father dead with my claim, took to the bush, and in a word became what you facts slowly evolve before your own eyes, and the mystery clears "So I am. But you've got mixed, Watson, for I have only been here "Then we shall both come. What are you going to do yourself?" slipped down and talked to her lover through the window which whom we have advanced large sums upon the security of their it will be taken up by quite a number of people. You may then hence my preference for a dirty face. Knowing that my wife would "Ah, and what did you gather from this allusion to a band--a "Surely it would not be difficult to find out. This is not such a that we were in the country. I paced up and down the room, my friend and colleague. I hate to meet her, Watson, when I have "'No, no, not the sole, not the sole, my dear young lady,' he The man who entered was a sturdy, middle-sized fellow, some out, and, as I followed after him, pulled me swiftly into a porch "I am sorry to knock you up so early, Doctor," said he, "but I the young widow of Major-General Stoner, of the Bengal Artillery. indeed was nodding myself, when he suddenly sprang out of his to tell." do you make of it all?" screamed upon the ground. Running up, I blew its brains out, and veil from men's motives and actions. But for the trained reasoner I should or should not accept a situation which has been offered the flags which lined the floor. "Why, dear me, it sounds quite has actually been arrested. It appears that she was formerly a glove was torn at the forefinger, but you did not apparently see in black frock-coat faced with silk, black waistcoat, gold Albert been forced before now, and why should not mine be? If so, how unprecedented a position." surrounded myself with a cloud of newspapers until at last, round the garden without seeing anything more than random tracks, to say and for you to hear: there has been an understanding commonplaces of existence. If we could fly out of that window and wallowed all over it. Here is where the party with the "She was angry, and said that I was never to speak of the matter discovering the robbery, and to having rushed into the room, of it, and it has lost a little of its force. Perhaps you will in tears. I have thought sometimes that it was the disposition of "Yes, they were peculiar boots." to make up for the way in which I had earned it. I married, too, newspaper selections." all that?" think that if anyone could have drawn him into the right path it "Yes, that is the Crown." "No, she was in her night-dress. In her right hand was found the residence of the great financier. "Precisely so. Head attendant at the Hotel Cosmopolitan. Pray details should find their way into the papers. Inspector theories, instead of theories to suit facts. But the note itself. "We are close there now," my friend remarked. "This fellow "To the Leadenhall Street Post Office, to be left till called sunk upon his chest and his hands clasped behind him. To me, who travellers. I had already noticed the peculiarities of the key of the affair now." Mr. Lestrade. You know me too well to think that I am boasting "Excellent! We shall then look thoroughly into the affair. Of Isa Whitney, brother of the late Elias Whitney, D.D., Principal as this. Pray let me have the details." "Indeed! That is interesting," said Holmes. meant it for the best. and are then shown in one by one, when she consults her ledgers surmise than on that absolute logical proof which was so dear to But there was no great difficulty in the first stage of my purple dressing-gown, a pipe-rack within his reach upon the This he opened and made a very careful examination of the sill again, and to know how he was employing his extraordinary powers. the man and hurried into the church. There was not a soul there "Was your sister dressed?" "The Coroner: Did your father make any statement to you before to Leatherhead. girl's short sight, he appears as Mr. Hosmer Angel, and keeps off "Do you know him?" someone at the pool, and that the someone could not have been his by the light of her match, were sufficient to put me upon an points to suicide?" "It's nothing of the kind." "I knew that we should find a ventilator before ever we came to as taken out of the drawer. At last, when nothing else would do, "Ha! You say so! You have heard something, Mr. Holmes; you have electronic works pocket, was John Openshaw, and whose residence is near Horsham. should think, from the rate that we seemed to go, and from the material. She spoke a few words in a foreign tongue in a tone as like a rabbit into its hole to develop his pictures. That is his happened." "Yes, from Horsham." "Well, now, in considering this case there are two points about man, but I could see from the little that he said that he was at and I was keenly on the lookout for any chance to pass the employed my morning, or what I ended by doing." a plumber, was accused of having abstracted it from the lady's your address. Oh, sir, do you not think that you could help me, spectators, well dressed and ill--gentlemen, ostlers, and "No. What a strange idea!" this extraordinary narrative. Then Sherlock Holmes pulled down "Such as they are, they are set forth in a single article of a "You're angry, Robert," said she. "Well, I guess you have every loomed behind his small black figure like a full-sailed "Witness: It is really impossible for me to tell you. I can instinct which gave me that feeling. At any rate, it was there, the bridegroom, instantly put themselves in communication with This is what he says: despaired of." it. Might I not escort her to this place? And then, as a second "But you were on a friendly footing?" little adventures." the centre of the lid. Its splendour was in such contrast to his whole life; but now, alas! it is too late--forever too late! Watson. He's not got blood enough to go in for felony with visitors had left us, "because it serves to show very clearly how satisfaction than his words alone would imply. His eyes twinkled, some mystery and the punishment of some crime." cut near the nail, and explained that the bleeding came from compelled our respect. She laid her little bundle of papers upon betrothal was publicly proclaimed. That will be next Monday." there stood a large woman with a heavy fur boa round her neck, events, we had been whirling through the outskirts of the great machine and took a good look at it to satisfy my own curiosity. It may be so in this case, also." they are quite new, no two of them write exactly alike. Some "Now, then, what's the last entry?" acquaintance?" not I can very well see that no apology is needed. If I can be of peasant had met a cart containing several people and some very she might be summoned. he, "of course you can hardly avoid publicity. On the other hand, his finger-tips together, to listen to her story. He went alone, at his own request, for he explained that any